As CEO/Executive Director of Metra, Mr. Derwinski provides overall leadership and direction to all areas of Metra operations and administration to ensure that Metra achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Financial responsibility includes oversight of Metra’s budget, which totals more than $1 billion for operations and capital.
Mr. Milano was appointed the agency’s Deputy Executive Director for Administration in February 2015. In this role, he is responsible for planning, developing, organizing and directing Metra’s administrative activities.
Ms. Thomas brings more than 24 years of government experience to her role as Metra Chief of Staff, a position she assumed on December 1, 2019. Among her key responsibilities is serving as an effective communicator and strategic advisor and planner to the CEO. Helping to manage the nation’s fourth largest commuter rail system, Ms. Thomas oversees special projects and key initiatives solving complex issues demanding executive leadership.
Ms. Rosen was named as Metra’s General Counsel by the Board of Directors in February 2014. In this role, she leads Metra’s Law Department which provides legal guidance and support to the Metra Board, executive team and staff.
Mr. Benz was named Chief Audit Officer (CAO) in October 2017 after serving a year in that position in an acting capacity. He has also served as Metra’s Ethics Officer since 2013 and previously served as an Associate General Counsel. In the role of CAO, Mr. Benz is responsible for developing and implementing an annual risk assessment to identify and audit risks Metra faces. He also assists the executive director’s office and Metra departments in using best practices of the rail transit industry. The CAO has a dual-reporting line to the Board of Directors and Executive Director/CEO, and provides quarterly reports and updates to the Board and senior management.
Mr. Buren was named Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2020. In this role, Mr. Buren is responsible for leading Metra’s people strategy. He also oversees all human resources functions, including succession planning, talent development, performance management, beneﬁts, compensation, employee engagement, talent acquisition and EEO.
Ms. Ciavarella was named Metra’s Senior Division Director, Strategic Capital Planning in June 2011. In that role she directs an 18-member team that oversees the development and administration of the agency’s long-range plans, capital program and performance statistics.
Mr. Farmer has been Metra’s CFO since November 2011. He oversees Metra’s accounting, finance, budget, grant management, contract management and information systems teams. In this role, Mr. Farmer is responsible for creating and managing a set of financial systems which is fully integrated and responsive to the needs of internal and external customers.
Mr. Flores was appointed Chief Transportation Officer in June 2020. In this capacity, he is responsible for commuter operations on Metra owned and operated lines as well as those operated under purchase of service agreements with the BNSF and Union Pacific Railroads.
After nearly six years as Metra’s CIO, Ms. Kizer was named Metra’s Chief Project Delivery Officer in March 2020. This new position and department was established to ensure Metra is positioned to effectively and efficiently utilize the influx of new capital funding from the State of Illinois by establishing a Project Management Oversight (PMO) function to structure and coordinate the array of tasks and deliverables required for delivery of capital projects.
Mr. Konczal was named Chief Safety and Environmental Officer in November 2015. In this role, he is responsible for the administrative oversight and management of Metra’s safety programs and initiatives, environmental compliance and industrial hygiene activities.
Mr. Krakar was named Chief Engineering Officer in January 2019. In his current role, he directs the planning, development, and organization of all Engineering Department activities. The Engineering Department is responsible for the design and maintenance of Metra's infrastructure, including track, signals, telecommunications, bridges and buildings.
Mr. McCann was named the Chief Mechanical Officer in January 2018. In that role, Mr. McCann oversees all activities of Metra's Mechanical Department including field operations, shop operations, engineering and planning, asset management, reliability-centered maintenance, and state of good repair. He ensures that inspections, maintenance, repairs, and overhaul of Metra’s rolling stock is completed in a safe, efficient manner and in accordance with federal regulations, APTA guidelines and industry standards.
Chief Perez, a decorated 28-year veteran of the Illinois State Police Department with a diverse service record, was hired in May 2014 to serve as chief of the Metra Police Department and lead its transformation into a modern, efficient and effective force.
Mr. Radecki was named Chief Information Officer in May 2020. Prior to this role, Mr. Radecki was responsible for leading Metra through the business process, technology, and organizational transformation necessary to move Metra’s financial and payroll functions to Microsoft Dynamics’s AX Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP).